I guess I’ve got a major problem with outsourcing and globalization now. An Indian blogger is ripping off my content. As other countries and cultures enter the primarily western blogosphere, they may bring a different attitude towards intellectual property. However, I believe, in this case, that there is an absolute standard. For educational purposes, here’s what he’s copied so far:
- His Legal Info matches my Legal Notice to a T
- His Digg Defender post copies content from mine without attribution, and hotlinks the code.
- He’s listed himself on BlogTopSites
This guy has the audacity to copy content at will, blog straight from digg, and then label it all “Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.” Uh huh, yeah right. Here’s what I can find out about you, my spammer friend:
- Is named “xxx yyy zzz”
- Uses the screen name xxx123
- Use the email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Is from Mangalore, Karnataka, India
- Is 16 years old
Here’s what I’m sending him, his host, and his host’s host. The infamous DMCA:
1108 Cascadilla Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
To whom it may concern,
I act on behalf of myself, and am the exclusive owner of the copyright works in question, that is, all of the content of my website and blog network, found on elliottback.com and its subdomains. Browsing a server on your network, xxx and the URL xxx, I find unauthorized copies of the ElliottBack network material which infringes on my rights as copyright holder:
Please immediately remove or disable all access to the infringing material. This infringing material is not authorized by myself, and this Notice of Copyright is accurate. Under penalty of perjury, I swear that I am authorized to act on behalf of the Owner, which is myself.
Should you require further information, please contact me via email or telephone.
Elliott C. Bäck
Why do people do this? Do they just not understand fair use?
Update: XXX has removed the infringing material. I’d like to think of this as a case of an amateur blogger getting his ropes, rather than anything else.
Update 2: In the spirit of hospitality, I have redacted all of the identifying information.
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